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Pharma - Goss

Rollo Manning
A Regular Column Reporting the News Behind the News

Issue 80: March 2009
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Pharma-goss      With Rollo Manning

This month:
* The future for the Pre Reg Year

* A National Registration process

* Feel like a bet?

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The future for the Pre Reg Year

Will somebody please explain why a pharmacy graduate with no desire to work in a retail shop has to spend their pre-registration year in a “community pharmacy” before they can become “registered”?

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The answer may lie in the fact that when registered the graduate can open a pharmacy to allow the clients in and prescriptions to be dispensed so there is soText Box:  meone to take the wrap if something goes wrong. Also Poisons Scheduled Two and Three medicines can be sold legally.

Okay?

Fair enough BUT the said graduate does not want to be able to open a pharmacy business for either themselves or anyone else.

So they want to work in Hospital Pharmacy – well that is all right they can find a Pre Reg Year placement in a hospital pharmacy and that too can allow them to become registered.

But then what if that graduate after registration wants to go back and work in a retail shop?

Well that is okay too because the system allows for them to move freely from the time of registration into any field where a pharmacist’s knowledge is required. They could work in industry in the medical information section, regulatory affairs in dealing with new drug submissions or PBS listings or the marketing area assisting with the training of medical detailers.  Or they could work in a Division of General Practice as a Pharmacist Adviser on the quality use of medicines and responding to questions that arise with knowledge gained through additional study or National Prescribing Service programs. Or they could work in government in regulatory control and join the army of pharmacists in Canberra to help prepare submissions and the like for policy advice and program implementation where pharmaceutical knowledge is required. Or they could work in primary health settings as part of the new and emerging team as part of the holistic approach to preventative health strategies. Maybe one day there will be positions in Aboriginal Health Services and Aged and Residential Care facilities that are not linked to the supply function.

Well if this is the case isn’t it about time these other employment bases are asked to take pre registration graduates so they can at least get the experience in the field in which they want to work.

Why does it have to be a retail shop?

It must be just in case they want to go back to a retail shop at some time in the future. If that is the case then how do the hospital placements get away with it?

Maybe everyone has this strange idea that the pharmacy profession revolves around what comes out of a retail shop – exactly the image that has to be broken down if pharmacists want to be recognised in the wider primary and public health arena.

It is about time the pharmacy profession – in the broadest sense – opened its mind and realized there are many areas where a pharmacist’s knowledge is now needed and will be more into the future.

Pharmacists need to start partnering with all sections of the health sector to allow graduates to opt for a wider choice of pre registration placement opportunities.

Sure you have to be registered to have the keys of the shop– but for all other activities a registered pharmacist needs the extra qualification (registration) attached to a B Pharm for professional indemnity insurance to cover the advice they give as a pharmacist.

Tell us what you think.

A National Registration process

Text Box:  It just seems so hard to get a relatively simple change to the way we pay our registration fees.

This thrust was first raised during the National Competition Policy reviews ten years ago. It was reinforced in 2006 when Cyclone Larry devastated Innisfail in Queensland and caused the then Prime Minister to say it has to change because health professionals from interstate were not registered in Queensland. The Northern Territory had the same problem with the health check teams following the Emergency Response in 2007.

A National Registration scheme is still not in place and there are now whispers that the already well advanced plans could be in for a rough ride.

Yet get a bunch of bureaucrats together all upholding States Rights and add to those ten groups of health professionals who by definition are resistant to change and what hope is there of a clear path to a very common sense approach to a simple process. The trouble lies with the tradition that has been built up firstly with the States and then with all the health professional regulatory authorities that have their own empires in every State and Territory capital city.

There are times in a democratic society when the axe has to be wielded and someone say “enough is enough – just do it”.

 

Feel like a bet?

This caught the eye of Pharma-goss

 

 Ethical advertising?   Price promotion? Not ordinary items of commerce?

Yeah why not – it’s got the lot! Probably get a discount off prescription prices too!

Comment to the Editor or email Rollo Manning on rollom@iinet.net.au

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